The July 2001 issue of Ekata was published fifteen days ahead of schedule in order to reach the readers before the start of the BMM Convention in Calgary, Canada.

A brand new feature, 'Chitragupta' is introduced in this issue. It is a picture puzzle with a unique twist - a question and a couple of lines of verse are given. The readers are required to devise the correct answer by picking out appropriate letters or words from the couplet. A cartoon is provided which should guide the reader to an appropriate answer. The editor firmly believes that all you need is a good grasp of Marathi in order to figure out the correct answer.

  • Sushama Yerawadekar, in her piece 'Samvadakiya', makes editorial comments regarding the energy shortage the mankind is facing today.
  • Arun Jatkar pays a final tribute to the well-known and highly esteemed Indian writer R.K. Narayan, who passed away on May 13, 2001.
  • Aswad - Vidyullekha Aklujkar of Richmond, B.C. critically reviews Ga. Di. Madgulkar's poem 'Maher'.
  • Mawa nate mawa raj is the text of a speech made by Dewaji Tofa, a member of the gram-sabha of Lekha Mendha in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Dewaji Tofa is an influential member of the Lekha Mendha gramsabha and a very effective spokesman of the Gond tribe of adivasis who inhabit the region. He makes it amply clear in his speech that the villagers must fully participate and have a say in the administration of their own welfare and in any government actions that affect their region and their daily life. His speech is a testament to the fact that the adivasis have fully awakened to the challenge of democracy.
  • Aakanksha(n)-puDhati jithe Gagana ThengaNe by Swati Fernando of Calgary, AB is an inspiring piece that takes a brief look at the notable achievements of Maharashtrians in the fields of religious enlightenment, social reforms, literary output, charity missions and performing arts. Since the motto of the BMM Convention scheduled in Calgary (June 30 - July 2) is Akanksha(n)-puDhati jithe Gagana Thengane, this piece ends with an apt invocation.
  • In KrishNa-janma-niwas, arthaat Yerawadyacha turung, Vasudeo Purushottam Telang of Wheaton, IL, narrates an account of his 18-month detention without cause in Indira Gandhi's raj under the 'emergency ordinance'. The author, now 82 years of age, was 56 years old at the time he was taken from his home and family and kept in the jailhouse in Yerawada, Pune. The July issue carries Part I of the author's narration, in which he recounts the circumstances of his arrest and the daily life in prison as a 'political detainee' during the 'Dark Age of Indian Democracy'.
  • Dr. Anand Garde of West Simsbury, CT, in his rollickingly funny article American RamayaN-Mahabharat likens the football 'superbowl' game of January 30, 2000 (Tennessee Titans vs. St. Louis Rams) to the Mahabharat war. In this brilliant and uncanny piece, the author masterminds the arrival of Lord Krishna on the 'battlefield' and makes the roaring crowd of football fans listen to the Divine Message.
  • Prasiddhi is a short story in the classical genre by Gopal Kunchur of Ottawa, ON and tells how one man's greed for publicity betrays his friend in his hour of need.
  • In Montreal, Ma Ville / Montreal majhe gaon, Sudha Khadkikar of Montreal, PQ fondly describes how the French-speaking city of Montral is a home away from home for her.
  • In Vaat-chukaara(n)madhe kaam, Varsha Puranik of Westford, MA, shares her experiences when she tutored the juvenile delinquents in a rehabilitation center in Philadelphia.
  • N. B. Datar of Toronto, ON, in his 19th article in the on-going series 'Kavya-shastra-vinodena', offers detailed explanations of ten Sanskrit subhashitas that describe the nature of the brave. Mr. Datar's explanations make it easy to appreciate the intent, the beauty and the meaning of the original subhasitas for all, including those who never had a formal training in Sanskrit.
  • Dr. Varsha Gogate-Deopujari of Centerville, VA presents a funny and frivolous, and yet a wholesome account of the ascent to heaven of her favorite Marathi author in Pu. La. Deshpande yanche swargarohaN.
  • G. B. Phaltankar of Charleston, WV remembers the endearing quick wit of P. L. Deshpande in Pu. La.- eka prasanna vyaktimatvache puNyasmaraN.
  • In nirNaya, a short story by Ratnaprabha Shahane of Mechanicsburg, PA, the wife makes a stunning resolution upon hearing her husband's decision to leave her after decades of fruitful and happy married life.
  • In Paravaliche shabda, Shriram Mulgund of Toronto, ON explores the lighter side of our daily life, which seems to be ruled by 'passwords'.
  • Dr. Prakash Lothe of Little Silver, NJ offers a tongue-in-cheek review of the Anglo-American relations in Char divas 'England'che.
  • 'Ekata' pays a tribute to the recently deceased Malatibai Bedekar, a brilliant pioneer in Marathi literature.
  • In atma-shaTakam athava nirvaNa-shaTakam, N. B. Datar of Toronto, ON renders in Marathi the original psalm composed by Shankaracharya asserting that one is nothing other than the eternal, blissful and ever-auspicious brahman. The Marathi rendition is accompanied by explanatory notes, which help elucidate the meanings of difficult words in the original Sanskrit psalm.
  • In PhularaNi komejali, Sheela Bhandari of Irvine, CA, pays a loving tribute to the prominent actor of Marathi Stage, Bhakti Barwe-Inamdar, who passed away recently.
  • In Baai - ek vegaLya sasubai, Sandhya Karnik of Fremont, CA, pays a tribute to her sister's mother-in-law, Mrs. Samanth, who was a teacher in Chhabildas Girls' High School in Dadar, Mumbai, for many years.
  • In Amachya ladakya Bai, Indrayani Pishe of Fredrickton, NB, pays a tribute to Mrs. Andalkar.
  • In Majhe Papa aNi Aai, Neela Sabnis of Placentia, CA, while paying homage to her parents, remembers in fond details the life spent under their shelter.
  • As a continuing effort to introduce the readers to the mission and the workings of noteworthy institutions in India, the current issue of Ekata speaks about Ayurvidya prasarak mandaL, of Sion, Mumbai. Ayurvidya Prasarak MandaL offers four-year degree courses (accredited by CCIM, the chief authority responsible for approving the curricula taught in medical colleges in India) in Ayurvedic Medicine. The institute also runs a hospital where, for a reasonably low fee, patients are cared for on an in-patient as well as the outpatient basis in accordance with the teachings of Ayurveda.
  • Mr. N. B. Datar narrates an account of Shri GaNesha-Yaga held in Toronto, ON. This is claimed to be the first GaNesha-Yaga ever performed outside India.
  • Poetry Corner: A fresh bouquet of poems -
    • Ek doLa, don doLe, teen chaar doLe - Arun Jatkar Monroeville, PA
    • KuThhetaree koparyaat - Atul Patil Milpitas, CA
    • Vaataa - Sushama Yerawadekar Jamaica Estates, NY
    • Vijaar - Arvind Narale Toronto, ON
  • The English Forum:
    • In Aniket On Ice, Sushama Yerawadekar of Jamaica Estates, NY, presents an interview of Aniket Dhadphale, the first young man of Indian parentage to be drafted into a Major League (National Hockey League) in North America. In Aniket's Most Loyal Fans in the Stands, Sushama presents an interview of Aniket Dhadphale's parents.
    • The English Forum also features a poem by Sudha Khadkikar of Montreal,PQ - Age of Communication.
  • Ekata congratulates Mr. Prakash D. Yerawadekar on his receiving the 'Architect of theYear' award newly instituted by the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects on the occasion of their Twentieth Anniversary in 2000.
  • Samasya-Purti Spardha - To provide a platform for the readers' poetic inspirations and to encourage a well-channeled blossoming of the new talent, Ekata has been conducting Samasya-Purti Spardha every three months for the past seven years. The winners of the first three places receive cash awards of $25, $15 and $10 respectively.
  • Winning entries for Ekata's 27th Samasya-Purti spardha, published in the July 2001 issue of Ekata, were submitted by:
    • Anuradha Abhyankar of Pittsford, NY (First Prize)
    • Sumedha Kedar Jogalekar of Napean, ON (Second Prize)
    • Bhalchandra Hari Bhate of Irvine, CA (Third Prize)
    • The composition submitted by Padmaja Vijay Das of San Diego, CA, received an honorable mention.
  • Marathi Crossword - Sushama Yerawadekar's unique, challenging and entertaining Marathi crosswords have become a regular feature of Ekata. Her challenging new Shabda-kode # 20, 'Udo, Udo !' appears in the July 2001 issue. Ekata also makes it a point to mention the names of those readers who submit correct solutions to these crosswords.
    • Correct solutions to Shabda-kode #19 ('A warg') were sent in by Durga Pachchapurkar of Toronto, ON, Rajani Ghui, of Nagpore, India, Shubhada Gokhale of Australia, Meena and Kashinath Ghanekar of Toronto, ON and Lata Abhyankar of Pittsford, NY.
  • Ajastambha - Half-page columns of entertaining writing - sometimes cynical, sometimes serious, sometimes purely humorous by Arun Jatkar of Monroeville, PA have also become a regular feature of Ekata. The current issue features Ajastambha #26 and #27.
  • Pustak parichaya - The current issue of Ekata features introductions to three recent publications -
    • Mississippi by Dr. Vijay Sabnis, (published by Matribhumi Seva Trust, Mumbai, 2001), is introduced by Sudhir S..Kulkarni of Latham,,NY.
    • Three collections of poems, 'PaNati japun Theva', 'Kavita udhvasta ratrichya' and 'Shahar-ek kabar' by Himanshu Kulkarni, (published by Rajahansa Prakashan, Pune, 2000) are introduced by Neelima Kulkarni of NJ.
    • Hasyarekha by Dr. Prakash Lothe, (published by Granthaali, Mumbai, 2001), is introduced by Ushadevi Vijay Kolhatkar of NY
      · Vachakanchya pratikriya - Ekata's readers share their thoughts and feelings about the material published in recent issues of Ekata.